Stay healthy and happy this Christmas season – Read our doctor’s essential holiday season guide to ensure you and your family have all the tips and information on keeping good health during Christmas.
Christmas can be stressful: Tips to beat the holiday blues
Christmas can be a stressful time of the year for some people. With massive preparation on the cards, the pressure of last-minute shopping and meeting a lot of friends and families for dinners, the holiday season can leave you feeling exhausted.
However, there are ways to manage holiday stress. Read our doctor’s tips on how you can avoid and manage stress.
- Prepare a list of activities and things you need to do during Christmas – Start with a list of things to buy, people that you have to meet and schedule your activities according to their priorities.
- Know when to stop – Don’t spend a lot of time and effort in preparing for the festive season. You should decide when to stop your preparations and spend more time relaxing.
- Keep your expenditure limited – The aftermath of the holiday season can involve paying massive bills to give you financial headaches for the following months. Work on your income and expenditure and find a balance to keep yourself away from any troubles.
Overindulgence can make you sick: Tips to avoid Christmas blow outs
With all the feasts and drinks around Christmas, it could be a little hard to avoid overindulging. Christmas brings an endless barrage of family dinners and many fun night-outs. However, overeating and binge-drinking can take a toll on your health which comes with side effects that cannot be ignored.
Read our doctor’s tips on how to avoid overindulging and still enjoy your festive dinners:
- Eat more frequently but in smaller portions – Eating in smaller portions but more frequently helps to maintain healthy blood pressure and keeps your metabolism active. By eating in smaller portions your metabolism will be working regularly that helps prevent any nutritional imbalances.
- Know your alcohol limits – Because of increased socialising during the time of holidays, it could be difficult to control your alcohol consumption. However, you can limit your consumption by switching to alternate beverages with lesser alcohol content and opt for cocktails instead of straight wine or beer. Also, it is important to drink plenty of water before and after consuming alcohol.
- Eat healthily – Include more fruits and vegetables in your meals. Eat a variety of them and fill your plate with more greens than desserts and snacks.
- Switch to healthy snacks – Choose better snacks such as low-carb chips with low-fat dips. Eat seasonal fruits as snacks and trade cookies with nuts.
Caring for ourselves: Practice self-care during Christmas
The holiday season would ideally mean engaging with others. But, while we are busy looking after others, we should take the time to care for ourselves too.
Here are some tips on how you can practice self-care this holiday season:
- Do something creative – Learn something new and indulge in DIY activities like Christmas decorating, painting or baking gingerbread at home.
- Get a good rest – Don’t forget to rest during the hustle and bustle of the festive season.
- Catch up with your friends and family at get-togethers and give yourself time and space to enjoy the festive moments.